I first remember learning about Machu Picchu in my fourth-grade history class when we were covering South America and the Incas. In my mind, I still can see the black and white photo on the glossy textbook page of the American explorer Hiram Bingham when he stumbled across it in the early 1900’s. It was one of the most visually intriguing landscapes to me, at that time, and I always dreamt of hiking the Inca Trail to see it in person. After years of dreaming and months of planning, I finally was able to complete the trek. And I even made it through without retreating up into a ball of defeat and rolling myself down a cliff!